Yesterday was my birthday. I am now 60 years old. I never thought that I would make it to age 20 and now I am an old man. No doubt many of you will argue the age thing as being “old,” but when you almost died at the age of 19, 60 is “old.” It has been a long, hard life and I can still see many more good years ahead. As I look back over the years, I can honestly say that I have never been mean nor hateful to anyone. I have always dealt the hardships with a fair and gentle hand. I may not be a rich man, but I have been able to help many others survive and even made a few rich in the process. All my basic needs are met and even have enough to add a blessing or two to my own life. There are many friends that I have encountered and very few enemies. All in all I can say it has been a good life. I thank God mightily every day for allowing me to learn and grow over the years and pray that I may live the rest of my life in the joy and comfort of knowing that I have done the best that I know how to do. I have never forced anyone to think the way I think, or do what I believe they ought to do and I won’t allow anyone to do so unto me regardless of what they believe are “good intensions.” Even with such violations I can be very forgiving if I believe they have asked for it from their heart and can only hope that they can forgive my shortcomings as well. I know and realize that I am in no sense of the word “perfect” and can miss the mark on many things. My grasp on reality is tainted and can be very unreal in my assessments with others, which allows me to be forgiving of others when I believe they have violated my trust.
Today I start a new beginning in my life and hope that I will become a better person as I walk down this road called “life.” I am very thankful that I can share that life with each of you and hope and pray that I can live up to the standards set forth in God’s Word for my life. But that’s between me and God and I alone will answer to Him when the time comes. I need not be concern with your salvation nor you with mine for we will all give an answer of our own lives when the time comes. Make up your own minds which path to follow.